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6:30 PM ET, October 5, 2009


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Los Angeles Times:
Obama quietly tries to shore up Senate support for public option  —  The president has backed off from vocally supporting the idea of government-run healthcare, but he's working to build a coalition of supporters.  The challenge: Find a version that can pass.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Six Dem Governors Hold Out On Health Care Letter
Discussion: The Politico
Alex Spillius / Telegraph:
Barack Obama furious at General Stanley McChrystal speech on Afghanistan  —  The relationship between President Barack Obama and the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan has been put under severe strain by Gen Stanley McChrystal's comments on strategy for the war.
The Hill:
President summons congressional leaders on Afghanistan strategy
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Most Important Number in Politics Today
Discussion: Danger Room and Alex Conant
The Politico:
GOP leaders to Steele: Back off  —  GOP leaders, in a private meeting last month, delivered a blunt and at times heated message to RNC Chairman Michael Steele: quit meddling in policy.  —  The plea was made during what was supposed to be a routine discussion about polling matters …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Steele applauded ACORN leader in speech  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Like other GOP leaders, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele took a harsh tone toward ACORN last month after several of the group's employees were caught on tape offering financial advice to activists posing undercover as a pimp and prostitute.
Discussion: Wonkette
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Politics of Spite  —  There was what President Obama likes to call a teachable moment last week, when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago's bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games.  —  “Cheers erupted” at the headquarters of the conservative Weekly Standard …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Dems: GOP rooting against America
Scott Whitlock /
MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan: Conservatives Don't Care If 'Half the …
Paul Krugman:
The story of the stimulus  —  I read the Ryan Lizza piece on Larry Summers with a great sense of relief.  It turns out that in talking to Ryan, I managed to say almost nothing worth quoting — which is, in these circumstances, very much the goal.  (If I have something controversial to say …
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
New Yorker Rewrites Economic History
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Petraeus For President!  (12 Months Late)  —  It's certainly true that Washington was abuzz with the idea of the GOP trying to recruit General David Petraeus as a 2012 presidential candidate, but as I recall that was 12-18 months ago so I'm a bit puzzled to see it put at the heart …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Chuck Todd /
ROVE FOR RUBIO  —  From NBC's Chuck Todd  —  Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio.  While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date …
Brian W. Walsh / Washington Times:
Criminalizing everyone  —  Needed: A ‘clean line’ to determine lawfulness  —  “You don't need to know.  You can't know.”  That's what Kathy Norris, a 60-year-old grandmother of eight, was told when she tried to ask court officials why, the day before, federal agents had subjected her home to a furious search.
Ben Cohen / The Huffington Post:
Why Rupert Murdoch Will Fire Glenn Beck  —  Rupert Murdoch is a smart man.  In the U.K, Murdoch aligns his newspapers with the popular political party and helps them enact their policies by giving them favorable coverage.  For the past 12 years, he supported the Labour Party.
Associated Press:
UK Supermarket Pulls Ad From Fox News Over Beck
Discussion: Think Progress
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
FTC: Bloggers must disclose payments for reviews
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Hot Air
Meir Javedanfar / Guardian:
Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots  —  Rumours that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's family converted to Islam from Judaism are false.  In fact, they are proud Shias  —  In June 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's meteoric rise from mayor of Tehran to president of one of the most influential countries in the Middle East took everyone by surprise.
Anne Bayefsky / Weekly Standard:
You Can't Say That  —  At the UN, the Obama administration backs limits on free speech.  —  The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression.  The newly-minted American policy was rolled …
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Obama to Address Gay Rights Organization  —  President Obama will speak to a gathering of gay rights activists this weekend, a day before thousands of people are expected to march on Washington in a demonstration calling for greater legal protections for gays, lesbians and transgendered Americans.
Bobby Jindal / Washington Post:
Some Republican Ideas for Health Care Reform  —  A majority of so-called Republican strategists believe that health care is a Democratic issue.  They are wrong; health care is an American issue, and the Republican Party has an opportunity to demonstrate that conservative principles work when applied to real-world problems.
Not Larry Sabato:
SHEILA JOHNSON'S PARTY FOUL  —  At a rally for Bob McDonnell's campaign, Sheila Johnson mock-stutters when talking about Bob's “o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-opponent” Creigh Deeds.  When Bob comes up to speak he says nothing.  —  Pathetic.  We deserve more class than this in the Governor's mansion.
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Red Eye Resurgence: More Demo Viewers Watch Fox At 3am Than CNN at 8pm  —  Fox News' 3amET comedy/news hybrid Red Eye is in a league of its own when it comes to cable news shows.  But that doesn't mean it isn't a player in the ratings.  —  Despite its late (or early, depending on your sleep habits) …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
He's Back, Hat in Hand  —  Chastened by Reaction To His Rutgers Women's Basketball Team Comments, an ‘Older And Wiser’ Don Imus Returns to TV on the Fox Business Network  —  After holding forth for hours behind the mike on everything from Roman Polanski to Afghanistan …
Kate Galbraith / Green Inc.:
Apple Resigns From Chamber Over Climate  —  Apple has become the latest company to resign from the United States Chamber of Commerce over climate policy.  —  “We strongly object to the chamber's recent comments opposing the E.P.A.'s effort to limit greenhouse gases,” wrote Catherine A. Novelli …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Kentucky Senate  —  2010 Kentucky Senate: Early Match-ups Suggest Tight Race for GOP Vacancy  —  Republicans look like they're in for a tough fight in Kentucky to maintain the seat of retiring U.S. Senator Jim Bunning.  —  The first Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 survey …
Government Admits Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed al Qahtani's Torture Videotaped  —  CCR Blasts Government for Failing to Disclose Existence of Videotapes for Seven Years  —  The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) learned today of the existence of video and audio tapes …
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Douglas Holtz-Eakin / The New Majority:
No More Bribes for Homeowners
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: RGA Unloads in Virginia
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter: Ideologues like Sen. Jim DeMint are ‘nuts.’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wall Street Journal:
What We Would Have Told Obama
Discussion: Fox News, The Politico and The Foundry
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
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Rob Raffety / NY Daily News:
Clunker cash is going to cost the U.S. dearly
Ed Lavandera / CNN:
Dogs sniff out wrong suspect
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Joan Biskupic / USA Today:
Sandra Day O'Connor says rulings are being ‘dismantled’
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Some thoughts on seeing “Capitalism: A Love Story.”